Archive for August, 2014

Disability Services Friday Round Up!

Friday, August 29th, 2014


R U OK? Day!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

RUOK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to inspiring all Australians to ask family, friends and colleagues, ‘Are you OK?’, to help build a more connected community.

Last year all Victorian Monash campuses celebrated RUOK? Day, with a number of staff and students hosting events, such as morning teas, information sessions and BBQs. In 2014 we aim to create the same sense of connectedness and community on all campuses.

Staff and students are encouraged to host an event and get involved!
Please complete this form for any RUOK? Day events, activities or general awareness raising you will be doing within your area.

The information collected from this form will be included on the RUOK? Day Monash website.

For ideas on how to get involved visit the R U OK? Day website.
Photos from 2013 RUOK? Day.


Monash Career Access

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

For Diversity and Inclusion Week this year Disability Services and Employment and Career Development are launching a new virtual Moodle space providing exclusive careers resources for students with disabilities, mental health and medical conditions.

Jam packed with resources, the unit gives you access to handouts, career seminar presentations, videos, document samples and external links to internship and mentoring opportunities.


Friday Round up!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Is it almost spring? The sun is out, the air has a hint of wattle and slowly we’re starting to shed our winter layers.


‘The world needs all kinds of minds’

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Monash Autistic Collective (MAC) welcome all staff and students to a special screening of TEDx talk by Temple Grandin ‘The world needs all kinds of minds’ during Diversity and Inclusion Week.

This is a great event, especially for people who want to find out more about Autism from the perspectives of people on the Autism Spectrum and the people closest to them.

Following the screening Q&A session featuring a panel of speakers, including people on the Autism spectrum and people who have family members on the spectrum, will answer your burning questions on the issues surrounding Autism.

Wednesday 27th August 2014
12.00 pm -1.00 pm
Building 11(Menzies Building),
Lecture Theatre H1
Clayton campus.

For more information contact James Ong at


Grapevine (I CAN Network): The fruits of AWEtism

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

From our friends at the I CAN Network:

Dear Friends,

At the I CAN Network, we’re all about recognising and celebrating the many gifts that people on the Autism spectrum have to offer.

Our blog, Grapevine, offers a sampling of these ‘fruits of AWEtism’ in our I Can stories, as well as a look at what the network has been up to, what we have planned for the future, and how we can work with you to support people on the spectrum. You can also learn more via our video.

Our vineyards await; come and taste the rainbow!

Grapevine Editor


‘We Can’ Gathering:

A gathering for anyone wanting to help lead a rethink of Autism, away from ‘I Can’t’ to ‘I CAN’
When: Saturday 30 August, 2pm (for 2.15pm) – 4.30pm
Where: Vincent 2, 349 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne (contact 0432 405 384 if you need help with directions)
*Light refreshments provided
**Please note the program will be available closer to the date via our Facebook

Worlds of Work Program (WOW, presented by Foundation for Young Australians)

A week for Year 10 students with Asperger’s that will focus on making successful transitions to work and life beyond school through exploring topics such as personal development, capabilities and self-confidence in the workplace, work-life balance, etc.
When: Monday 15 September – Thursday 18 September
Where: Melbourne CBD
Contact for queries

Student Night – Italian Masterpieces at the NGV

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Enjoy a night at the exhibition, exclusively for students, at the special concession price of $13.

  • Free pop up talks in the exhibition (including Auslan interpreted and Audio describing options)
  • Figure drawing with artist Juan Ford in the foyer
  • Food and drink available for purchase from Gallery Kitchen


NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road

Ticketing Information

Individual tickets – available at the door on the night (Student ID required)

Group bookings – avoid the queues and book ahead for groups of 8 or more

Phone: 8620 2340, 12–5pm weekdays


Kickstart your Career with WAM!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Students registered with Monash Disability Services can apply for a limited number of funded places for the Willing and Able Mentoring (WAM) Program, now run by Diversity Recruitment and Training. WAM matches mentors with students with disability within the professional area the student is interested in.

In the 13 years the WAM Program has been operating, mentees report that through their participation they have:

  • gained confidence and clarity about their career direction
  • valuable contacts in the professional area
  • increased skills in developing their resume
  • improved interview skills
  • developed ideas about solving disability related challenges

Some mentees gained work-placements and others have even gained a job.

The WAM Program involves:

  • Induction session (via phone or in person) detailing the program
  • A series of mentoring meetings in the mentor’s workplace
  • A program manual to guide the mentor and mentee through the program, plus full support from our staff
  • Debriefing and certificate presentation event at the conclusion of the program.

How to apply for the half-year intake in 2014

If you are registered with Disability Services and wish to apply for a funded place in the WAM Program, please complete the Expression of Interest Form, which will be sent to: .

You may also post, fax, or drop off the form to the main Disability Services Office at Level 1, Building 55, Clayton Campus, Monash University VIC 3800; fax number: 9905 5517.

*NOTE: all applications for funding to Disability Services must be received by close of business, Friday 29th August, 2014. No WAM Mentorships for Monash students will be funded without prior approval by Disability Services.

PACE – Positive Action towards Career Engagement

Monday, August 11th, 2014

PACE (Positive Action towards Career Engagement) has been developed in response to requests from our members wanting to facilitate opportunities for people with disability. PACE gives students and/or jobseekers with disability an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a workplace setting, which can assist them in their job search, as well as their personal and professional development. The aim is to give participants a range of skills, experiences and advice about the workforce, as well as providing mentors with a rewarding professional developmental experience.

PACE recognises that job seekers with disability frequently find themselves with little or no work experience, and may not be fully aware of the skills and attributes they can offer an organisation. This adds to the difficulties that job seekers may encounter as they try to enter their chosen career.

To start setting the PACE, learn more about the program and how to get involved. To learn about potential impacts of mentoring, read an inspiring case study.

Vision Australia Further Education Bursary

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Vision Australia Further Education Bursary 2015 is now open for Applications

In 2015, Vision Australia will award Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision. The Bursaries provide adaptive technology to help ensure that these students can fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies.

Eligibility Criteria

Students of any age can apply for a Vision Australia Further Education Bursary.

Applicants must:

  • Be or become, a client of Vision Australia
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be living or moving to Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study at an institution in Victoria, ACT, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study in at least Certificate IV or higher accredited courses including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (not a Foundation or Enabling course) at the start of the year or be already enrolled in such a course (preference may be given to those in the early stages of a course).

Each year a Victorian Bursary recipient selected by our committee to have best met these criteria will also receive the Fairhall Memorial Scholarship of $150.

See the Vision Australia website for more information regarding the bursary and applications.